Alfred University Press Release 6-17-17

AU alum Tim De Jong '82 celebrates 25 years as owner, Wimberly Glassworks



Tim DeJong

Wimberley Glassworks, founded and owned by Alfred University alumnus Tim de Jong ‘82, is celebrating 25 years in the making. The gallery and studio, based in San Marcos, Texas, hosts daily glass blowing demonstrations for travelers and art glass enthusiasts from around the world. The Glassworks' custom designs are featured in luxury and commercial properties across the nation.

 In celebrating its 25th anniversary on June 3rd, the Glassworks hosted glassblowing demonstration of its latest River Timber Collection, plus a concert by Marcia Ball for a crowd of 800 people.

De Jong was born in Saskatchewan, Canada and studied ceramics, sculpture and glass at Alfred University. In 1991, he visited Texas on a vacation and fell in love with the Texas Hill Country. He subsequently purchased property and opened Wimberley Glassworks just south of the village of Wimberley.

He is the sole owner and employs three other full time glassblowers.

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River Timber Vases Unveiled!

River Timber Vases

[River Timber vases including (clockwise from the top) an Emerald Ocean Tall vase, Amber Vase, Kaleidoscope Vase, and Clear with Sapphire Stripe vase.]

The idea for this exquisite collection of  glass vases was born in the devastating aftermath of the 2015 Wimberley/San Marcos. Each vase is shaped in a wood mold created from flood felled trees, fulfilling Wimberley Glassworks founder Tim DeJong’s desire to transform symbols of tragedy into works of supreme and lasting beauty.

Amber River Timber Vase


Introducing the new River Timber vases, combining the beautiful refractive qualities of glass with the flowing, organic shapes of wood and timber. Each vase is a unique creation. The mold used to craft it is slowly consumed by the heat of molten glass as this work of art is shaped. 

Sapphire River Timber Vase


Come explore the beautiful collection of River Timber Art Vases today!

25th Fest Recap!

[SMTX video and interviews from the Wimberley Glassworks 25th Fest.]

The furnaces are cooling and the music is slowly fading, but the memory of the 25th Fest is still burning bright! With a classic Texas Hill Country thunderstorm brewing overhead, Marcia Ball and the Marcia Ball Band blew the walls off of every festival tent! 

Marcia Ball performing at 25th Fest

[Marcia Ball brings her soulful Gulf Coast R&B sound to the Texas Hill Country! Photos by Mike Farquhar.]

Thank you to the estimated 800 attendees of our 25th anniversary celebration for helping make it such an unforgettable night! A special shout out to Middleton Brewery, Patio Dolcetto and Wimberley HEB for providing beer and wine tastings enjoyed by literally hundreds of our guests.


 Members of the Marcia Ball Band

[Members of the Marcia Ball Band performing for the crowd.]


Tim and Vanessa Dancing

[WGW Founder Tim DeJong and his wife Vanessa dancing the night away! ]


Tim DeJong demonstrating the creation of a river timber vase

[Tim demonstrating how a River Timber vase is made.]


Couple dancing at the WGW 25th Fest

[When Marcia Ball is playing, the dance floor is always full!]


Dancing at the 25th Fest


The Story of River Timber

River Timber Vases

"The 2015 floods of Wimberley and San Marcos were a devastating and impactful experience for all of us. It's hard to look at the river the same as we once did. In living through our area's difficulties and reconstruction, my mind almost immediately had shifted to a thought process of... "How can we make something positive from our collective experience?" While thinking this over, I could not get the image of the majestic trees, snapped from their roots and washed downstream out of my mind. For me, the trees became a symbol of a paradise lost, and ignited a lust to regain it! But how can we make something positive from an experience that was so devastating?"


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"At this point I discovered the Swift River Pecans sawmill in Fentress, Texas. Here they were making table tops and mantles from the great trees that fell during the floods. The idea of using only flood water wood to create works of beauty was a perfect fit. Together we transformed trees felled in the floods into wooden molds used to shape molten glass."


River Timber 03


"The River Timber series was born. What Nature has taken down, we are bringing back up in the form of light shades, vases, and beautiful art."


- Tim de Jong

Wimberley Glassworks Founder and Head Gaffer


River Timber Orange and Clear


For more information about WGW's newest creation or to order, please call 512-213-4148. 

The Marcia Ball Band Coming to Wimberley Glassworks!

Join us on June 3rd for an electric evening of live music, cold beer and Grammy nominated Blues pianist Marcia Ball!

Grammy Nominated Blues Pianist Marcia Ball


“Rollicking roadhouse rave-ups and soulful Gulf Coast R&B”
--USA Today

Marcia Ball’s brand of blues lifts the spirit -- old-school R&B mixed with Cajun, zydeco, boogie-woogie, swamp pop and just about every other stripe of music from Southeast Texas’ Golden Triangle across the state line toward New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She’s as perfect an artist as could be.

--Houston Chronicle

The title track of Marcia Ball’s latest album, The Tattooed Lady And The Alligator Man, is an irresistible tale of true love at the traveling carnival. It’s a story that nobody but Ball could spin, filled with vivid details, universal truths, and a rambunctious sense of fun and desire. With raucous horns punctuating Ball’s legendary piano playing and emotional, melodic vocals, the song kicks off a CD of eleven dazzling originals and one stirring cover. The release mixes Ball’s Gulf Coast blues, New Orleans R&B, swampy Louisiana ballads, and jumping, Tex-Mex flavored zydeco into a one-of-a-kind musical gumbo, a sound she has been perfecting over the course of her legendary career. Her love of the road has led to years of countless performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs all over the world. 

Marcia Ball sitting at her piano

The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised musical storyteller’s groove-laden New Orleans boogie, deeply soulful ballads and rollicking blues have won her an enormous, loyal and still-growing fan base. She’s received a total ten Blues Music Awards (and a whopping 44 nominations), seven Living Blues Awards, and five Grammy Award nominations. She has been inducted into both the Gulf Coast Music Hall Of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame.

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